Sunday, April 26, 2015

YAY! I haven't blogged in such a long time & I'm finally here. I keep forgetting my password & google logs me in on another account so I can't post, but I finally got it sorted!

I have been busy since my last post when I told you about the poppies I was making, well yesterday was ANZAC Day & the culmination of all that poppy making. My Mum also started making poppies & she sent about 60 down to me to add to the collection. Mum is 85 & still a very keen crocheter. I gave some of our poppies to the 5000 poppy project with dedications to my relatives who fought in both world wars, I also sent some to Parramatta RSL for their collection, & the rest I attached to camouflage netting, & my husband draped it over the front of his 1952 FX Holden. He drove a WW2 Air Force veteran & his son in the Melbourne ANZAC Day march.





It looked lovely & I was so pleased to be able to honour my relatives, & indeed everyone involved in all the wars. I hope you had a chance to see the hundreds of thousands of poppies in the Melbourne display, & all the beautiful displays around Australia, New Zealand, & I'm sure other countries too. There are so many photos on the internet it's hard to miss them. 

I haven't just been crocheting, since October last year, a lovely group of ladies have been meeting in my house once a month to make quilts & laundry bags to send over to our Servicemen & women. We have a lovely time & have formed real friendships & are now meeting for craft days to work on our own projects. I was simply looking for a group to give some of my excess fabric to, when I remembered the Aussie Heroes Quilt project & got in touch with the organizer Jan-maree. She put me in touch with ladies in my area who were either already making quilts for the project, or keen to start, & our group very quickly formed.
Here is a link to the Aussie hero Quilt blog, perhaps you'd like to make a quilt or laundry bag. :-)
http://aussieheroquilts.blogspot.com.au/ 
I'm currently sewing the binding on a quilt to send & will post a pic when it is finished, I then have another quilt layered ready to quilt & 2 more on the go.

I won't try & catch up everything in one post, I'll be back soon to show you some pics of my fave quilt at the Melbourne quilt show last week, & the fantastic book & yummy fabrics that begged me to take them home.

So good to be back!!!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

5000 Poppies- my poppy designs

I heard about the 5000 poppy project a little while ago & thought, I must look into that, but as always I got distracted. Last week I had the luck/pleasure of meeting 2 lovely ladies involved in it, Carol & Marie, & knew it was time to jump in. Carol gave me a brochure with some patterns to try, I also googled patterns, & got busy crocheting & knitting. The patterns I tried were lovely, but quite time consuming, so I decided to have a go at making up a pattern. I had changed one of the patterns I'd tried, adding an extra row of petals, so was feeling brave enough to try. The beauty of crochet is that it is very quick, & as you are only dealing with 1 stitch at a time, unlike knitting, it's easy to unpick & keep modifying.

So here it is, I hope you like it!
PS I've added a variation, scroll down to see version 2.


Jim's Poppy 

(for my dad)


You Will Need:

(UK crochet terms)

8 ply green wool/yarn
8 ply red wool/yarn
black 'eyelash' yarn
4.5mm crochet hook (Use bigger or smaller if you prefer).
  
 Using green wool/yarn make 4 chain & join them with a slip stitch. (or make a slip ring)
Row 1, 2 chain, then 11 trebles into the ring. End green wool.
Row 2, Join in red wool, work 2 chain & 1 treble, into the first space, 
work 2 trebles into each space. 
Join with a slip stitch.
Row 3, 2 ch & 1 treble into the first space, 
*1 treble into next space, 2 treble into the next.** 
Repeat from * to **. around the poppy. 
Join with a slip stitch. Fasten off yarn.

Sew in all ends & trim neatly.

Work a row of backstitch in black eyelash yarn around the green 'spokes.' (Easier to see with lines than the fluffy yarn.)

Use your darning needle to flip up the fluffy part of the eyelash yarn.

Make more! :-)



Pattern without pics.

You Will Need:

8 ply green wool/yarn
8 ply red wool/yarn
black 'eyelash' yarn
4.5mm crochet hook (Use bigger or smaller if you prefer).

Using green wool/yarn make 4 chain & join them with a slip stitch. (or make a slip ring)

Row 1, 2 chain, then 11 trebles into the ring. End green wool.

Row 2, Join in red wool, work 2 chain & 1 treble, into the first space, 
work 2 trebles into each space. 
Join with a slip stitch.

Row 3, 2 ch & 1 treble into the first space, 
*1 treble into next space, 2 treble into the next.** 
Repeat from * to **. around the poppy. 
Join with a slip stitch. Fasten off yarn.

Sew in all ends & trim neatly.

Work a row of backstitch in black eyelash yarn where the red & green rows meet.

Use your darning needle to flip up the fluffy part of the eyelash yarn.

Version 2 


Alfred's Poppy

my great uncle killed in action, France November 3rd, 1915




Work to end of Row 2 of version 1 then:
Row 3 Move up from row 2 to row 3 with just a slip stitch then, *1tr, 2tr, 1tr, 2tr, 1tr, slip st.,** repeat from * to **, making 4 petals.

I will add the eyelash wool. :-)

For more info on the 5000 Poppies project pop over to the facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/5000Poppies/ 

or blog: http://5000poppies.wordpress.com/

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Mum's Birthday Pressie

    It's hard to believe that mum turns 85 next Monday. If you met her you'd think she was much younger, she is as sharp as a pin & still very independent. As happens every year i racked my brain to think of the right present. I asked a facebook quilt group for suggestions & one clever lady suggested a bag for mum's walker, if she has one. She does, not because she's doddery, but because she has hammer toes, the result of hand-me-down shoes. As one of 9 children, & the youngest of 5 girls growing up through the depression, it's not surprising. 

    Unfortunately mum lives 1000 kms from me, so I couldn't pop in for a visit to measure up the walker, I asked my nephew to take some pics while he was visiting & I had to wing it. He tells me mum isn't using the walker so I'm hoping this will encourage her! With this in mind I decided not to go with something pretty, but something cute, oh & the walker is red which immediately meant red, black & white to me. I hope she likes it.



  
It's 10" square, I used lightweight pellon to give it some body & some medium weight interfacing in the base. The pocket is for her keys so they are easy to find.  I sewed on red webbing to tie the bag to the walker.

I sent mum a photo album a couple of years ago with family pics in & I'm printing some more to send.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Clare's Craft Challenge #2

This finish came down to the wire as I was waiting for a nice warm day to paint the chair. I did get it undercoated a couple of weeks ago, but the weather since has been cold with a lot of wet. Anyhoo yesterday was lovely & I got the 2 top coats on. Today I covered the cushion, yes I could have done that anytime but.........:-)

Here are the two challenge photos that Clare sent me:

Here's what I started with:

So here is my tah-dah, all done & I'm very pleased with it. I would have used the darker blue if I'd have any, but I'm on another challenge of using what I have, & this is the darkest blue I had in a sample pot. The blue flower is actually quite close to the blue grey, it looks brighter in the pic.


& yes even under the cushion is finished. :-)
It also kick started a lot of furniture painting because I have a stall at a car boot sale early in November, so this is my chance to hopefully clear a lot of excess stuff from the garage. I have a dream that one day I'll be able to park at least one car in the garage.

I will blog some furniture pics in the next week or so. Right now I have been nominated by my friend Abby:
http://quiltiverse.com/2014/10/its-my-turn-at-the-around-the-world-blog-hop/
to take part in the Around the World Blog Hop, so I have another post to write. If you would like to be nominated please let me know in a comment.

Don't forget to pop over to Clare's blog:
http://clarescraftroom.blogspot.com.au/
to check out the other challenge projects, I'm on my way now! 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

My Latest Challenge Project

I have signed up for another challenge with Clare & these are my challenge photos:


These are what I have chosen to use in my project:
A lovely old chair.
  Some bright fabric I bought a while ago because I couldn't resist it,
+ a pot of paint
So you can see the size of the flowers, quite big. 
Molly had to check out if it's a comfy chair, lol.

Watch this space to see the finished product. :-)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Cubes Makeover

I'm on a mission to get my house just the way I want it. We've lived in this house for 4 years now, & we have made quite a few changes/improvements, but there is so much more I want to do. The main object of the exercise, is to de-clutter as much stuff as possible. I get ridiculously attached to 'things,' & instead of all those things making me happy, I feel like I'm dragging them all along behind me, & boy are they weighing me down! 
Every so often Rowan & I daydream about moving to another country, & it all sounds so wonderful, but then I think about all the stuff I have collected over 54 years, & the idea of moving anywhere, let alone to another country, is a nightmare. SO, I'm getting rid of as much as possible to make life lighter & easier. The house will work for me, instead of against me, it will be quicker & easier to keep clean & tidy, & I'll know where everything is. 
My focus is on the lounge/dining/kitchen, which is an open plan area. Because it's a bit overwhelming to attack 3 rooms I'm breaking it down into areas. I've nearly finished 2 walls of the loungeroom, & here is a peek at a project for wall 1. The cubes were in another room, & I had an antique kitchen dresser in this position. I decided to jazz up the cubes & display things I love & will be keeping.

Before, boring.
After: I cut 3mm MDF squares, covered one side with
wallpaper & arranged them in the back of the cubes. 
 Just a few of my favourite things. As I work my way through the house I'll add more treasures. The typewriter was my dad's. I chose the wallpaper behind it with some yellow in it, as yellow was dad's favourite colour.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

My Miniature Quilt Shop in Homespun Magazine



I received an email from Emma at Homespun magazine earlier this year asking if a pic of my dollhouse quilts, could be shown in an upcoming edition of Homespun magazine article on miniatures. I said yes please, & mentioned I also had a miniature quilt shop. Emma was interested in seeing pics of it so I sent a few through & Emma asked if they could be used too. I took this opportunity to add some more things to the shop before taking more pics for the article. Here it is in the September 2014 issue. I thought it would be a good time to blog my little shop for my regulars to see, & if anyone has come via Homespun, Hi & Welcome.

I built this mini quilt shop many years ago. It was a kit that I bought at an annual miniature & dollhouse show in Sydney. I built the little classroom to match, & added the side door to join the rooms. The shop is 1/12th scale, meaning 1 " = 12" which is a standard measure for most miniatures.
The quilt shop.
 I made the two quilts, the one behind the counter is hand pieced & hand quilted. The blocks are 1/2" square. The house quilt is made of pre-printed house fabric. I bought the beautiful braid rug, it is hand made.

The bolts of fabric are just fabric wrapped & glued around a piece of cardboard
The knitting corner.
Quilt shop from above.
The classroom.
I filled the stand with lots of mini magazines & mini fat 1/16ths.
I made the noticeboard & painted the scene on the stand.
The table in the corner holds a teapot & teaset,
because a classroom without a cuppa is no fun!
   The design board is a piece of felt glued to cardboard.
The class room from above.